Catherine Marsch Homemaker, WAC


Catherine Marsch, a homemaker who maintained bomber radios during World War II, died at University Hospital Friday of complications bought on by kidney failure. She was 70.

Mrs. Marsch lived in Glen Burnie for about 50 years, raising eight children over four decades.

During World War II, she enlisted in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, and later joined the Women's Army Corps.

As a WAC, she was trained as a radio technician. She spent much of her tour of duty stationed in Harligen, Texas, where she maintained radios for bombers and other military aircraft used in training exercises, as well as radios used on the ground for air-traffic control.

After the war, she moved to Glen Burnie and worked for several years as a telephone operator for the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co.

In 1948, she and James Edgar Marsch were married. They lived in Glen Burnie until her death.

Relatives said that Mrs. Marsch, who was called Kay, was a bowler, bingo player and traveler who had visited all 48 contiguous states several times. She also enjoyed playing piano and guitar.

She was born Catherine Emma Marie Ergott in Williamsport, Pa., and attended schools there. Her family moved to Baltimore in the early 1940s.

Mrs. Marsch was a member of the Marley United Methodist Church in Glen Burnie. Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the church, which is at Overhill and Marley Neck roads.

Besides her husband, Mrs. Marsch is survived by five sons, James W. Marsch of Lansdowne, David E. Marsch of Pasadena, and Robert E. Marsch, Dennis E. Marsch and Raymond W. Marsch, all of Glen Burnie; and three daughters, Mary Lou Lee of Arbutus, Terry Bowie of Hurlock and Bonnie Larkins of Pasadena.

She also is survived by two brothers, Earl Ergott of Avis, Pa., and Walter "Junior" Ergott of Virginia; a sister, Sarah Johnson of San Juan, Puerto Rico; 17 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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